WASHINGTON – Sarah Palin on Wednesday confirmed what many had expected: She will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.
The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee broke the news to conservative talk-show host Mark Levin and in a letter to her supporters.
“My decision is based upon a review of what common sense conservatives and independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office – from the nation’s governors to congressional seats and the presidency,” Palin wrote in the letter.
The decision ends months of speculation about Palin’s intentions, during which she teased the media and potential backers with the prospect of a bid. She mounted bus tours in the Northeast and in Iowa and gave speeches at political events.
But there were few signs that she was ever serious about running. She failed to assemble a national campaign organization or a widespread fundraising organization. She appeared comfortable in her role as a highly paid commentator on Fox News.
She faced several upcoming deadlines for ensuring that her name landed on early state ballots.
In addition, recent polls were not encouraging, showing that an overwhelming number of Republicans did not favor a run. Conservatives who might have supported Palin were turning to other candidates such as businessman Herman Cain.